Latest News 03/28/2018

Happy Spring Break to all!

Invest in Secondary Montessori – Spring Campaign

March 1st – March 31st – 3 days left! 

These students are doing a lab in which they extract DNA from strawberries bought with teacher money that could be reimbursed with PTSO funds.

Donate and Invest in Secondary Montessori and Invest in Your Child’s education. 

Or send a check to school

Or mail to

PTSO Treasurer

2400 Carmine Ave.,

Charlotte, NC 28206.

Please include phone number and e-mail address with your payment.

Help us reach our goal of $8500!

Please feel comfortable giving any amount to this campaign.

  • $10 buys a pack of 6 clipboards

  • $15 buys a book for the solo shelf

  • $22 buys 400 sheet protectors to put works or controls in

  • $60 buys a rug for a classroom

Don’t hesitate to extend this fundraising effort to family, friends and employers (many offer matching donations).

Week 3 of the Spring Invest Campaign, we have raised $2,525.00 to date.  The momentum is building. We need your continued support to raise the remaining $3,401.00. Donations are Tax Deductible

Bookkeeping, Accounting, Finance Experience? Just Good with Numbers?

The PTSO is currently seeking a Treasurer-Elect for the 2017-18 school year. This person would work with our Treasurer this year and serve as PTSO Treasurer in 2018-19. Not only does starting now give the Treasurer-Elect training on what the Treasurer role involves, having a Treasurer-Elect now is critical to maintaining continuity in our book-keeping. Please consider taking on this important role!  Contact PTSO President, Alexandra Hischen-Dombroski or PTSO Treasurer, Tracie Schoenwald for more info.

 Spirit Gear Sale EXTENDED!
Second chance for Spirit Gear! Order by Sunday, April 8.   There are a few new items (ladies & men’s polo shirts) plus all of the tees, sweatshirts & jackets already available.  Ms Donna has samples of the ½ zip pullover and full zip jacket in the office. Don’t hesitate to ask to see these item

Donation Request for Makerspace

In the spirit of Recycle, Reuse, Reduce, Ms. Monica is asking all families to take a look at their craft closets, junk drawers, art spaces, and tool sheds to donate items to build up our material supplies for the Makerspace. Items that are new or gently used would be a great addition to the space she and Ms. Cyndi are building in the Makerspace. We are working on creating experiences for students to come in during lunches to create while eating lunch. More information to come!

Potential Item List

  • Jewelry making tools

  • Jewelry findings

  • Crochet hooks of various sizes

  • Knitting needles of various sizes

  • K’nex kit

  • Playdoh

  • 9 volt batteries

  • Sturdy broken-down cardboard

  • Scrapbooking Materials

  • Unused Craft Kits

  • Toaster oven

  • Sculpey clay

  • Potholder loom and loops

  • Paracord

  • Legos

  • Soap

  • Sponges

  • Goo Gone

  • Used magazines

  • Other!!!  (please email Ms. Monica)

Middle School Needs Chaperones

Middle school is in need of chaperones for field studies that take place May 2-4th.

8th grade field study is an overnight trip (dormitory style accommodations and meals provided by YMCA) to YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC. Contact Mr. Brian or Ms. Patti T if you have questions.

7th Grade: daily trips (not overnight) in the Charlotte Area. Please direct questions for 7th grade field studies to Mr. Doug and Ms. Patti F.

All chaperones must fill out the CMS Volunteer application in order to be a chaperone. Questions about the form please contact Ms Donna

Robotics and Technology Club

Robotics and Technology students are gathering funds for our 3D printer, coding in our interest groups, and getting a taste of virtual reality by exploring the Merge Cube. Luke, Gram, and Lorcan gave interested participants a taste of augmented reality. Mark your calendars for our final three club meetings to be held after school!

  • April 16th: 6th Meeting

  • May 7th: 7th Meeting

  • May 21st: 8th Meeting

Please contact Ms. Monica or Mr. Doug if you have any questions.

Soccer Club

Another win and another shut out for the Trailblazers!  Our soccer club won their second game of the season, 3-0.  Congratulations to the Trailblazers!

Ultimate Frisbee Team

The Ultimate Frisbee team played their second game of the season against Hopewell High School and in spite of losing, exhibited good sportsmanship.  Keep up the good work and keep at it Trailblazers!

We are still looking for players and can work together on carpooling if that is an issue. Young woman, young men, middle or high school are all welcome to join! Practices are Tuesdays and Wednesdays—if you can’t make it to both, you can come to just one; games are on Thursdays.

Contact Coach Tom Parks or parent Karen Aman for more information about the team, schedule, or carpooling for games and practices

Mountain Bike Club

Come cheer on the MTB team at their next race at Fisher Farms in Davidson, NC on Sunday April 8, 9:00-11:00.  Contact Mark Dombroski for race schedule or check out the NICA website for more information about this season.

Tuesday Bicycle Commute

Next Tuesday commute – April 10 in Freedom Park by the train playground at 7:15 for a 7:30 departure.

1st stop – Elizabeth Ave. and the greenway (CPCC) – arrive 7:45 – Parking is available.  2nd stop – 9th and the Rail Trail (The Charlotte Lab School) – arrive 8:00 – Parking is available.

3rd stop – VBGB’s – 8:20 – parking available.

Return in the afternoon, aiming to leave WM by 4:20 and back to Freedom Park by 5:15.

This 7 mile route takes us approximately 60 minutes to complete including stops.

 Please contact Heather Ruckterstuhl with any questions and/or to let us know you’ll be joining us on the ride.

Upcoming PTSO Meeting Tuesday, April 17 from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Location TBD.



Continue to save your boxtops for our collection next year.  This School year we have received $118.70 from Box Top Rewards. They add up fast. Tell your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors to save them for you.

Amazon Smile

Amazon is tripling the donation amount to 1.5% when customers make their first eligible purchase from March 12-31.  This is a great opportunity to increase JT Williams Secondary Montessori PTSO’s AmazonSmile donations by shopping at

3x your impact!  Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first through March 31.  Go to and Amazon donates to JT Williams Secondary Montessori PTSO.

Amazon users, please consider using Amazon Smile for your purchases and select JT Williams as your charity of choice.  So far this year our PTSO has received $41.71 from Amazon Smile Donations. Click this link and click the Amazon Smile icon and follow the prompts.

Harris Teeter

Link your Harris Teeter VIC card (if you shop at Harris Teeter) to  JT Williams Secondary Montessori. We are #1430.  Up to 5 schools can be linked to your VIC card. Harris Teeter requires that you sign up each school year.  If you haven’t signed up for the 2017/2018 school year, please sign up as soon as you can. Williams Montessori has received $136.00 in rewards from Harris Teeter but can’t receive this money until we reach $250!  Help us reach $250, sign up today (you can sign up online!).

Neighborhood News

Morning Market at Camp North End!

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If you’ve gone to this market, would you write a review for our newsletter?  Contact Heather Ruckterstuhl

Volunteer Opportunities

 Williams Montessori Photos

Upload any Williams Montessori photos you have to this link for archival and yearbook usage. Send a message to Karen Aman so they can be labeled and filed correctly.


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 Come cheer on the WM Trailblazers at these team events


Upcoming Events

3/1 – Invest in Secondary Montessori Spring Campaign begins

3/28 – End of Quarter 3

3/29 – Teacher workday – no school

3/30 – Farm Camp

3/30 to 4/6 – Spring Break

3/31 – Invest in Secondary Montessori Spring Campaign ends

4/7 – Camp Northend Morning Market

4/8 –    MTB race at Fisher Farms in Davidson, NC

4/8 – Spirit Gear Sale Deadline

4/18 – Early Release Day – 1:15 pm dismissal

4/19 – Trailblazers Variety Show

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